A Bold Promise to the Nation

CDC 24/7 Protecting America's Safety, Health and Security

CDC is a unique agency with a unique mission: We work 24/7 to protect the safety, health, and security of America from threats here and around the world.

CDC is the nation’s leading science-based, data-driven, service organization that protects the public’s health. For more than 70 years, we’ve put science into action to help children stay healthy so they can grow and learn; to help families, businesses, and communities fight disease and stay strong; and to protect the public’s health.

Our Strategic Framework and Priorities are a bold promise to the nation (and the world). With this strategic framework, CDC commits to save American lives by securing global health and America’s preparedness, eliminating disease, and ending epidemics.

CDC’s 2020 Annual Report

The 2020 Annual Report provides an overview of progress made against COVID-19 and other public health threats in 2020.

CDC’s strategy to save American lives cascades from an ambitious aspiration to granular action plans and detailed measures of success. CDC’s foundational scientific work remains vital to the overall mission of this agency, and the contributions of the diverse scientific and programmatic workforce are critical to continued success. CDC is a large agency with a broad mandate and specific congressional directives; this strategy highlights and reinforces major efforts and goals and is not inclusive of all our important work.

CDC’s FY 2020 budget of more than $8 billion was supplemented by an additional $7.5 billion to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act provided $10.25 billion transferred from the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund (PHSSEF) that was awarded to health departments through the CDC Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity program for testing and contact tracing. To learn more about CDC’s budget, visit the CDC Budget homepage.

You can learn more about CDC’s work by visiting the official CDC YouTube channel.

Vision for the Future

For more than 70 years, CDC scientists and disease detectives have worked around the world to track diseases, research and end outbreaks, respond to emergencies of all kinds, and use what they learn from this work to strengthen America′s health and resilience.

Investing and acting globally enables CDC to be better prepared to combat any threat to the health and safety of American citizens, no matter where in the world it might first arise. With this vision for the future, CDC will be well positioned to continue our proud history of putting science into action by securing global health and America’s preparedness, eliminating disease, and ending epidemics.

Page last reviewed: February 11, 2021